Same-Sex Marriage

A same sex wedding cake at the Gay Wedding Show at the Queens Hotel on March 2, 2014 in Leeds, England. Legislation to allow same-sex marriage in England and Wales was passed by Parliament in July 2013 and will come into force on March 23,2014, with the first same-sex marriages taking place on March 29, 2014. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)

Cook County Issues 1,000th Same-Sex Marriage License

Albany Park couple Tom Crisham, 36, and Andrew Rodbro, 38, received the 1000th license Friday afternoon, Clerk David Orr’s office said in a statement.


Vernita Gray, left, and Patricia Ewert married in November under the state’s new same-sex marriage law. They were the first same-sex couple to wed in Illinois. (CBS)

Gay Rights Activist Vernita Gray Dies

A lesbian activist has died, nearly four months after she made history by becoming one of the first two women to marry each other in Illinois.



County Clerks Reluctant To Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses Despite OK From Attorney General

Cook County is issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples – but at this point, it seems same-sex couples in collar counties will have to wait until June.



County Clerks Can Issue Licenses To Gay Couples

Attorney General Lisa Madigan on Tuesday told an Illinois county clerk that he and others around the state have the right to immediately issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.


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Champaign County To Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses Early

Just days after a federal judge gave Cook County the green light to begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses right away, a Republican county clerk from downstate is taking it upon himself to the same in his county.


Theresa Volpe and Mercedes Santos become the first same-sex couple to marry after a historic court decision in Illinois.(Credit: Suzanne LeMignot)

Dozens Of Same-Sex Couples Get Marriage Licenses

More than 80 same-sex couples from Illinois and have gotten marriage licenses in Cook County, including several from other counties who apparently didn’t want to wait until June 1, when gay marriage becomes legal throughout the state.


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Same-Sex Couples Line Up To Get Married At County Building

History was being made Saturday at the County Building where same-sex couples were lining up in marriage court to be among the first to tie the knot after a judge decided yesterday there was no reason they should have to wait until the law was to take effect on the first of June, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.


Theresa Volpe and Mercedes Santos become the first same-sex couple to marry after a historic court decision in Illinois.(Credit: Suzanne LeMignot)

Cook County Issuing Same-Sex Marriage Licenses; First Couple Weds

Same-sex couples wasted no time getting marriage licenses on Friday, shortly after a federal judge ruled they don’t have to wait until June to tie the knot in Cook County.


Gov. Pat Quinn (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Gov. Quinn Says He’s Worked To ‘Rebuild Illinois’

Gov. Pat Quinn focused on ways to create jobs and trumpeted his accomplishments with election-year flair Wednesday in an annual speech that fell on the five-year anniversary of when lawmakers booted his predecessor, now imprisoned ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich, from office.


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Judge OKs Early Illinois Marriages For Some Gay Couples

A federal court is ordering an Illinois county clerk’s office to issue a marriage license to any same-sex couple who wants to wed immediately because one members has a life-threatening illness.


Pat Ewert (Left) and Vernita Gray. (Right). (Credit: CBS)

Same-Sex Couple’s Wedding A First For Illinois

Two Chicago women on Wednesday became the first same-sex couple to say their vows in Illinois after a federal judge granted an expedited marriage license because of one woman’s ailing health.


Pat Ewert (Left) and Vernita Gray. (Right). (Credit: CBS)

Gay Couple Gets OK To Get Married Before Law Takes Effect

A desperate wish is answered for two women who say they can’t wait until next summer to get married.


Illinois Governor Pat Quinn holds up the Illinois marriage equality bill after signing it into law. (Credit:Scott Olson, Getty)

Governor Quinn Signs Same-Sex Marriage Law

Illinois will soon become the 16th state to allow same-sex couples to marry, as Gov. Pat Quinn is scheduled to sign gay marriage legislation at a public ceremony at the University of Illinois at Chicago on Wednesday afternoon.



Same-Sex Marriage Could Be Boon To Illinois Economy

Big bucks — that’s what this week’s passage of the Illinois same-sex marriage bill may mean for the city and the state. CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov explains.



Couples Propose Within Hours Of Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passing

A number of gay and lesbian couples popped the question within hours of the time the legislature acted.



Same-Sex Marriage A Boon For Illinois Wedding Industry

Chicago’s wedding industry is gearing up for a flood of gay couples, now that Illinois is legalizing same-sex marriages.


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Illinois House, Senate Pass Same-Sex Marriage Bill

A historic vote Tuesday in the Illinois House positioned that state to become the largest in the heartland to legalize gay marriage, following months of arduous lobbying efforts by both sides in President Barack Obama’s home state.


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African-American Religious Leaders Ramp Up Campaign Against Marriage Equality

With same-sex marriage appearing closer to reality in Illinois, African-American religious leaders are ramping up their campaign to defeat the measure in Springfield, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.


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Suburban Mayors Back Same-Sex Marriage Legislation

The group is largely nonpartisan officials from Kane, DuPage, DeKalb and Kendall counties.


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Gay-Rights Activists Protest Outside Office Of Same-Sex Marriage Bill Sponsor

Gay rights activists seeking the right to marry staged a protest and rally outside of a north side office of state representative Greg Harris. WBBM’s Bob Roberts was there.